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Volume 15, issue 5 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 963-972, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-963-2015
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Research article 08 May 2015

Research article | 08 May 2015

Assessing domestic water use habits for more effective water awareness campaigns during drought periods: a case study in Alicante, eastern Spain

H. March1, M. Hernández2, and D. Saurí3 H. March et al.
  • 1Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía, Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain
  • 3Departament de Geografia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain

Abstract. The design of water awareness campaigns could benefit from knowledge of the specific characteristics of domestic water use and the factors that may influence certain water consumption habits. This paper investigates water use in 450 households in 10 municipalities of drought-prone Alicante (Spain). We aim to increase knowledge about existing domestic water behaviors and therefore help to improve the design and implementation of future water awareness campaigns and even to consolidate reductions in water use after drought periods. The survey suggests that awareness campaigns should revise their scope and their channels of diffusion on a regular basis. In a more specific way, for the Alicante case we propose policy-oriented recommendations on the scope of action for further reductions.

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The design of water awareness campaigns could benefit from knowledge on the specific characteristics of domestic water use. To contribute to these debates this paper investigates domestic water use in 450 households of 10 municipalities of drought prone Alicante (Spain). The survey suggests that awareness campaigns should revise on a regular basis their scope and their channels of diffusion. We propose policy-oriented recommendations on scope for action for further reductions.
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